Effective Date and Expiration. This CoW is effective from [date] to [date], inclusive, and is subject to cancellation at any time upon notice by the Administrator or his authorized representative. The CoW must not exceed 24 calendar-months. Authorized Aircraft. The operator must only use the aircraft authorized as listed on the approved FAA Form application to conduct operations in accordance with this CoW.
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The aviation safety inspector operations who is assigned the responsibility of issuing the waiver and conducting the ongoing surveillance of the aerobatic practice area. Scope of Waivers. Waivers of the 14 CFR and the attendant special provisions to those waivers may vary in scope, depending on the regulations that an applicant requests to be waived. Others may require the waiver of speed limitations, minimum safe altitudes, operations in controlled airspace, or specific prohibitions while operating in the vicinity of an airport.
Regulations that May Not Be Waived. Specific authority exists in the 14 CFR to allow certain operations without the use of a parachute. Air Traffic Coordination. The location of these practice areas is determined through proper coordination with the waiver applicant and appropriate ATC and FSDO personnel. Where an ATC hub facility exists, one call can be made to the airspace and procedures specialist to facilitate expeditious coordination action.
In other areas, inspectors may need to contact the air route traffic control center ARTCC which exercises control over the affected airspace.
In all cases, the waiver shall not be signed unless the working file contains documentation of ATC coordination. Night Operations.
Aerobatic performers who conduct night airshow operations must practice their routines in realistic conditions before the actual flight at an aviation event. Numerous air show performers of both powered and unpowered aircraft need to practice their routines in areas that offer no obstructions and little or no distractions during the hours of darkness.
Other performers use only lights and strobes for their acts. In either case, it will be necessary to coordinate and approve all facets of the waiver and any special provisions to ensure safety is not compromised if the operation is conducted at night.
Temporary Aerobatic Practice Areas. During the airshow season, the FSDO may be called upon to issue a waiver for the establishment of a temporary aerobatic practice area. These waivers may be offered to the sponsor of a proposed airshow at the same time the application for the airshow waiver is submitted.
This additional waiver may be prepared for the specific purpose of providing a temporary area in which only airshow performers may practice their routines before and during the airshow. In addition, it will provide a safe and approved area for those performers who may be from other states or countries and who need to adapt to the weather and altitude conditions intrinsic to the local area.
Even though this will be a separate waiver which becomes effective two or three days before the airshow, it must be prepared so as to terminate on the same date and time as the airshow waiver. Effective times must be thoroughly coordinated with the pertinent air traffic facilities before approval and issuance of the waiver. If no site is available, it is incumbent upon the airshow sponsor to request a temporary aerobatic practice area, or the inspector preparing the airshow waiver may wish to suggest that one be established.
Standard Special Provisions. Material in brackets [ ] indicate where the applicant must insert information specific to the waiver being sought. For certificates of waiver that are issued on a long term basis, additional wording should be included advising the holder to ensure that the FSS keeps the waiver on file for future NOTAM activation.
The [name of facility] shall also be notified at the termination of aerobatic activities. A general overview of the aerobatic contest box is contained in figure and depicts the dimensions of the area for powered aircraft engaged in competitive aerobatics. At an aerobatic contest, the person who acts as the general manager of the overall event and is responsible for all SAFETY related issues.
The contest director may delegate specific duties, functions, and authority but must retain complete accountability for the safety of the event. The contest director may also be the person who is designated by the FAA to monitor the event. The contest director ensures that all participants comply with all rules set forth in the IAC rules book as well as the provisions of the certificate of waiver. At an aerobatic contest, the person assigned as the primary judge of one or more categories of competition.
The chief judge does not actually judge the competitors, but helps to ensure the safety of competitors within the contest box.
The person who reports directly to the contest director and is responsible for flight and ground safety. A block of airspace 3, feet long, 3, feet wide, and having an upper limit of 3, feet AGL 4, AGL for gliders.
The lower limit of the contest box is 1, feet for Basic and Sportsman Categories, 1, feet for Intermediate, feet for Advanced, and feet for the Unlimited Category. See figures and The five different competition categories, as defined by IAC official contest rules, currently designated for powered aircraft aerobatics. In addition, there are currently three competition categories for gliders, each category having its own specialized set of aerobatic sequences.
Aircraft in this category operate from an altitude of to 3, feet AGL. Aircraft in this category operate from an altitude of to 4, feet AGL.
An aerobatic contest box may be located at a controlled or uncontrolled airport. Inspectors should contact the ATC facility having primary airspace jurisdiction over the proposed aerobatic contest box. In other areas, inspectors will need to contact the ARTCC which exercises control over the affected airspace. The following special provisions are listed below to provide a sample of standard provisions that may be used when issuing a waiver for an aerobatic contest box.
All participating aircraft must maintain at least feet from persons not participating in the aviation event. Additional Special Provisions. These provisions do not have to be copied verbatim and any portion may be edited to fit a unique or individual need.
The provisions should be used as appropriate to the type of scenario encountered. The person assigned to monitor the unicom frequency will have direct access to the chief judge by radio, telephone, or direct contact. Should there be an actual or potential conflict, the chief judge has the final authority to call for a cessation of aerobatics.
If needed, a scripted version of the advisory will be furnished by the waiver holder in order to provide a standardized advisory to all pilots. A contest box may need only a degree quadrant on the West side of an airport within 1 mile. At other locations, there may be a contest box located over the airport and an aerobatic practice area 4 miles north of the airport, both being used at the same time. The top of the box or area should not unnecessarily waste airspace for the user or ATC.
There may be ATC concessions made when an aircraft is transponder and radio equipped because the aircraft can be readily identified for air traffic purposes. Conversely, at some locations, the input from ATC may reveal that the box or area is directly in the way of radar vector arrival or departure routes, in which case a disapproval may be warranted.
The following special provision will be issued to a waiver holder conducting an aerobatic competition that is not sanctioned by the IAC, excluding competitive flying displays at airshows conducted in accordance with a Certificate of Waiver issued under the provisions of chapter Section 2.
Form FAA 7711-2 - Certificate of Waiver or Authorization Application